Composer/Author, Creative Director and Founder
Creativity has always captivated me, and I was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged my creative nature. I painted, drew pictures, constructed forts, wrote stories, and was deeply drawn to music. I learned a variety of instruments, but my true calling was composition—writing music, libretto, poetry, and nonfiction. I am grateful to have a career as a musician, author, and new music proponent, but I still feel refreshed by creating things just for the sake of making them, whether that is crafting stationary, making jewelry, working on sewing projects, sketching pictures, or designing. I’m an advocate of holistic wellness and regularly do yoga, practice meditation, spend time in nature, and hang out with my husband and cat. I have a YouTube series, Empowering Creatives, that aims to help creative people develop and maintain robust mental health by changing or adjusting beliefs, perspectives, and routines.
I’m deeply inspired by art, speech, poetry, nature, history, other music, excellent performers, and my surroundings. My music uses instruments and techniques from classical art music but is emotionally accessible regardless of the listener’s background. My purpose is to spark a feeling—whatever that may be—to create empathy. While I enjoy hiding patterns and structures in my music for expert listeners, I love to make the surface level of my compositions easy to interpret. I do so with a variety of textures, timbres, articulations, and dynamics. I tend to ground my music with concrete art forms such as with an image or text; these provide me with inspiration and give the audience another thing to grasp onto. Find out more about me and my work: www.annabrake.com